Jacksonville Magazine opens its doors to interns from colleges near and far. Many past interns have gone on to work at a variety of publications, and a few members of the Jax Mag staff started out in the trenches as interns themselves. (Just kidding, we don’t have any trenches. They’re really more like ditches. Ditches dug by interns.)
Here are a few profiles of recent and current interns. If you’re interested in interning with us, please visit this page to get details on how to apply.
Erica Santillo // Editorial Intern
Fall editorial intern Erica Santillo is a senior at the University of North Florida majoring in Communications with a focus on Multimedia Journalism. Born in New Jersey but raised in the south, Erica has had a passion for reading, writing and communicating for as long as she can remember. Since she was a child, she always wanted to be a writer, and she decided on pursuing journalism after spending four years on her high school’s yearbook staff.
Erica is actively involved on and off of UNF’s campus. During her time at school, she has volunteered with UNF Spinnaker Media, was a reporter with Ignite Media News Bureau and became a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta. When she isn’t studying, interning or working, Erica enjoys hanging with friends, crafting, spending the day at the beach, reading a good book or binge watching Netflix. Her guilty pleasures include watching reality T.V., eating out at restaurants, watching documentaries about tornadoes and reading any news articles she can get her hands on.
Erica is expected to graduate in December 2015, and hopes to one day become an editor of a newspaper or magazine. Her dream would be to one day write a novel that makes it on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Ximena Gonzalez // Editorial Intern
Fall editorial intern Ximena Gonzalez is a senior at the University of North Florida majoring in Communications with a focus on Multimedia Journalism and Production. She was born and raised in Florida but her family is from Santiago, Chile where she tries to visit every year.
When she isn’t busy with work or school, she likes to occupy her free time by spending it with friends & family, going to the beach, or reading. She loves Golden Retrievers, Friends, chocolate and traveling.
Ximena has a strong passion for reading, editing and writing. She hopes to turn these passions into a career one day and ultimately become a Book Editor. Expected to graduate in December of 2015, she hopes to pursue a career of becoming a Book Editor and getting manuscripts she believes in published or working in a Magazine publication.
Mandy Niesen // Editorial Intern
Fall editorial intern Mandy Niesen is a senior at the University of North Florida. Born and raised in Jacksonville, she is majoring in Communications with a focus on Multimedia Journalism and minoring in Creative Writing. She has had a passion for the written word since she was only nine and got a hold of the computer and began writing.
When Mandy isn’t working or going to school, she can usually be found reading, writing, swimming, in Disney World, out shopping with friends, bowling or singing karaoke at Mudville Grille. While she can’t sing or dance, that doesn’t stop her from appreciating the arts and any Broadway play or musical can catch her. It also doesn’t stop her from singing and dancing, even if off-key and clumsy. Her guilty pleasures are good romance novel, buying every woman’s or fashion magazine there is and Disney World.
Planning to graduate in December 2015, she hopes to pursue a career in magazine or book editing and publishing. She also hopes to have her own best-selling book series and be on the best seller list. She hopes to settle in Florida permanently for the sunshine and so that Disney World is never too far away.
Austin Lindner // Editorial Intern
Summer editorial intern Austin Lindner is a junior at Taylor University majoring in journalism/media writing with a minor in music. Born in Ohio, Austin has lived in Florida for nine years.
Austin has a passion for arts and entertainment and enjoys writing about all things musical, creative and controversial. He considers himself an amateur film critic with vast knowledge of random movie trivia and enjoys reading and writing social commentary.
In his off time, Austin can be found playing guitar, singing songs to his cat (Golden Hubert Samuel Fernando Nutella Archibald Lindner), watching classic horror movies and drinking iced coffee by the gallon.
Expected to graduate in May of 2017, he hopes to pursue a career in print or online journalism, working as an entertainment or opinions writer.
Austin completed his internship with us in August 2015.
Shannen Hurst // Editorial Intern
Summer editorial intern Shannen Hurst is a Senior at the University of North Florida majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Production. Born and raised in Naples, Shannen moved to Jacksonville to pursue her degree in 2011.
When she isn’t working, interning, or studying, you can almost always find her binge watching Netflix and cuddling her adorable dog, Bauer. Her ideal day-off would include a latte in hand while online shopping her favorite boutiques and scrolling through the wedding boards on Pinterest. Her favorite food is tacos and anything topped with avocado.
Expected to graduate in December 2015, she hopes to continue her journalism career at a major news network or magazine, with a focus on pop culture and entertainment.
Shannen completed her internship with Jax Mag in July 2015.
Dylan Heraman // Editorial Intern
Summer Editorial Intern Dylan Heraman is a junior at Florida State University majoring in Editing, Writing and Media with a Minor in Communications. New York born and Florida raised, from a young age he has always had a distinct passion for writing, communicating effectively through words and expressing himself creatively.
Dylan is a sincere lover of the entertainment industry and thoroughly enjoys writing about fashion, music, movies and television. His guilty pleasures include puppies, sushi, horror movies and anything cotton candy flavored. In his leisure time, he enjoys walking around St. Augustine or visiting Neptune Beach with his fluffy Labradoodle, Myles, for some fun in the sun. His ideal day off would consist of spending quality time with loved ones gathered around the television watching Investigation Discovery.
Expected to graduate in May of 2016, he hopes to one day pursue a successful career as a writer, correspondent, or possibly even editor-in-chief of a popular entertainment-based television program or magazine publication.
Dylan completed his internship in July 2015.
Lauren Dennis // Editorial Intern
Summer editorial intern Lauren Dennis is a born and raised Floridian with a love for words. She was drawn to pursue a degree in Journalism because of her interest in the ability of language to convey meaning through symbols and letters.
Lauren has a passion for healthy eating and living, and is an avid fan of Cheers, Frasier, and ’80s rock. She enjoys writing in her leisure time, reading memoirs at local coffee shops, and being with her friends. Her ideal day is one she gets to experience quite often living on Florida’s coast and consists of taking her dog to the beach, preferably during magic hour with her headphones in.
Majoring in Multimedia Journalism at the University of North Florida, she plans to graduate December 2015.
Lauren completed her internship with Jax Mag in July 2015.